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Read my full day to day blog of my first big overseas solo trip.
I started outing having a nice lie in just relaxing listening to my cousins scurry around frantically in the morning rush of getting ready for school. The day then moved on to me trying to Skype call my family back home but not being to. Later I found out that in the Middle East it is apparently illegal to use Skype or whats app to call someone, the reasoning being that you need to pay for your calls to someone not get them for free!
After lying around the house doing little jobs and tidying my corner of belongs I then headed out for a nice big swim at the pool in my family’s complex that is literally a stone throw away. I love it here blue sky and the perfect temperature … when the A.C is on. Two hours went by and there was me still going back and forth between basking in the sunshine so desperately trying to get a tan, and then jumping back into the pool which feels more like a bath than a swimming pool. I arrived back to their home with my aunty sitting on the couch as she had finished work early. We set out to fetch Eve who is the youngest and is a clone of me of when I was her age of 11.
After spending more time with my family it has become quite clear that they really are my relatives. Although we have all be bought up in different countries on opposite ends of the world from one another our characteristics remain the same and the connection between family is one like no other.
Back to today's events … in the afternoon we went to the airport to fetch my uncle Mark who is my dad's brother and boy can you tell those two are related. Besides from the visual connection the way they both act is inseparably.
We popped back home to get changed into things that were a bit more covered in order to respect the Muslim culture before heading out to the souk (traditional Arabic market) down by the water front of Muscat. The market was so visually amazing with an overwhelming amount of things to see. It is amazing how fully packed every stall/ shop is, squeezing an item on every available space provided within there little shops. The Arabic culture was truly brought alive here at the market sukkot with many shops either selling traditional Arabic clothing or genie pots for tea all decorated in bright colours. It is chaotic but the energy within such a confined space cannot be missed, it is truly spectacular. Every stall man is trying so hard to catch your attention and invite you into their stall that has the same items as the previous one. However they all do still manage to incorporate their own spin and antics into their stall/shop.
After the hustle and bustle of market life for 3 hours shopping it was time for something to eat. Starters was samosas, which I loved as being originally from South Africa. It was such a treat to find them. Our main meal was eaten outside overlooking the water, watching the everyday life of Omani people go by, served with fresh juice in the tallest glass I have ever drunken out of.
Overall a really lovely day spent with family and in a spectacular city that has such a unique culture. This place has a lot to offer and I am so glad I managed to come and experience life in a city that’s culture is totally different from my own. A day filled with good vibes and awesome adventures.
Tomorrow I am off to the deep desert.
That's all from me.
Xx Kirsty Claire xx